Report: Deaths Linked to Energy Drinks

11/19/2012, 4:22 p.m.

A recently-released report indicates that 13 deaths have been linked to the consumption of energy drinks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report also links the popular drinks -- that include "Monster Energy," which contains 240 milligrams of caffeine -- to heart attacks, convulsions and in one case, a spontaneous abortion.

The report, which spans a three-year period was released last week to The New York Times. It centers on 90 filings with the federally-operated FDA, noting at least five deaths, including that of a 14-year-old Hagerstown, Md. girl, linked to consumption of the Monster beverage. The girl reportedly consumed two cans of the drink, back-to-back, and according to an autopsy, she died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity, impeding her heart's ability to pump blood.

However, another similar drink, "Five-hour Energy," which voluntarily submitted its incident reports to the FDA in compliance with a 2008 regulation, has noted no deaths related to the two-ounce "shot."

"Monster Energy," which is sold in 24-ounce cans, is much larger in size than the 5-hour Energy's two-ounce bottles.

The Times has also reported that, in recent weeks, the FDA confirmed or disclosed 18 filings involving fatalities and more than 150 others involving injuries that mentioned one of four top-selling energy drinks -- Red Bull, Monster Energy, Rockstar and 5-hour Energy.

Source: The New York Times